Snow Goggles, Old Bering Sea - ROM2004_948_1

ROM2004_948_1

Snow Goggles, Old Bering Sea

Maker: Inuit
Medium:Carved and incised ivory
Geography: Found between Point Barrow and Cape Smythe, Alaska, USA
Date: 300-500
Dimensions:
4.6 x 13 x 3.5 cm
Object number: HC1775
Not on view
DescriptionSnow goggles were used in springtime to prevent sunlight from causing painful inflammation of the retina. This set of snow goggles shows the graceful, curvilinear style of the Old Bering Sea culture (AD 300-500) of Alaska. The concentric circles may represent eyes; the designs suggest animal imagery and may serve as visual manifestations of oral history.
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